Makita XCU02 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 12" Chainsaw

Makita XCU02 is cordless chainsaw powered by two 18 volts LXT lithium-ion batteries, preferably 5.0 Ah batteries and features 12" guide bar.

Makita XCU02 is lightweight and relatively low-noise chainsaw that can do its task rather well and that can come very handy to many gardeners.

Published: March 30, 2020.

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Makita XCU02 Cordless Chainsaw Features and Specifications

Makita XCU02 is powered by two Makita 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries, for total voltage of 36 volts. As cordless chainsaw, Makita XCU02 may be found as:

- bare tool: Makita XCU02Z model,

- tool kit: Makita XCU02PT, featuring Makita XCU02Z chain saw, two Makita BL1850B 18V 5.0Ah LXT batteries and Makita DC18RD dual-port fast battery charger.

If you already own a pair of LXT 18V 5.0 Ah Makita's batteries, Makita XCU02Z comes at very affordable price.

But, with Makita XCU02PT cordless chainsaw kit, user gets two batteries and dual port charger that can be used for other Makita tools being powered by their 18V LXT tools - and that is a long list of cordless tools ...

Makita XCU02 is lightweight and compact unit - it weighs 10.1 pounds (~4.6 kg) with batteries, with overall length of 24 5/8" (~62.5 cm) and 12" (30.5 cm) guide bar.

Chain speed is 1650 FPM (Feet Per Minute) or 27.5 ft/s (~8.4 m/s), with chain pitch of 3/8" (~9.5 mm) and 0.043" (~1 mm) gauge, ensuring clean cuts. Adjusting the chain tension doesn't require any tool and can be done easily.

During operation, noise level is ~87 dBA, which is much lower when compared with gas powered chainsaws - nonetheless, ear protection, protective goggles and gloves are a must have.

Note: Makita XCU02 is very simple to use and maintain cordless chainsaw, but when it arrives, be sure to read its manual thoroughly in order to know your new chainsaw better. And don't forget to charge the batteries prior first use.

Whole Makita XCU02 as a tool is engineered with a series of protective seals inside in order to protect the unit from water, dust and other debris that may damage the tool - so called Makita's 'Extreme Protection Technology (XPT)'.

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Makita XCU02PT cordless chain kit comes with two Makita BL1850B 18V 5.0 Ah LXT lithium-ion batteries. These batteries may be used for powering a range of Makita's cordless tools.

Makita BL1850B batteries may be recharged in under 45 minutes using fast battery chargers. Also, they feature LED battery charge level, allowing the user to monitor battery charge during use.

Makita BL1850B batteries are power fade-free batteries, delivering consistent power regardless of their charge level and operate even in very cold weather (down to -4°F/-20°C).

Each Makita BL1850B battery weighs 1.4 pounds (~640 grams), which isn't much for the battery storing ~90 Wh of energy and featuring rather sturdy casing and built-in protective electronics.

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Makita XCU02PT cordless chain kit also features Makita DC18RD 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Dual Port Rapid Optimum Charger - and this is excellent piece of engineering.

Makita DC18RD actively cools the battery via built-in fan that circulates the air through the battery, allowing the battery to be charged faster.

Also, during the charging, charger communicates with the batteries' onboard controller chips and adjust the charging process according to the battery condition.

Thus, Makita DC18RD is able to:

- charge two 18V Compact Lithium-Ion 2.0 Ah batteries in 25 minutes,

- charge two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 3.0 Ah batteries in 30 minutes,

- charge two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 4.0 Ah batteries in 40 minutes,

- charge two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 5.0 Ah batteries in 45 minutes - the very same batteries that come with Makita XCU02PT kit,

- charge two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 6.0 Ah batteries in 55 minutes.

In many situations, Makita DC18RD charges Makita LXT batteries faster than they are being discharged during use, giving them some time even to cool down - and cooling the batteries down is highly recommended for prolonging their lifetime.

Makita DC18RD weighs 4.95 pounds (~2.24 kg) and comes with power cord 4.5 feet (~1.4 m) long.


Long Story Short: If you are looking for a compact and lightweight cordless chainsaw, consider Makita XCU02Z (bare tool) or Makita XCU02PT (cordless chainsaw kit).

Makita XCU02 requires very little maintenance, it is not as noisy as gas powered units, it features 12 inch (30.5 cm) chain guide and can cut through logs up to 10-11 inches (~25-28 cm) thick (thicker are not recommended, although ...), it is rather lightweight (~10 pounds) etc.

Note: chainsaws and similar tools may cause damage, injuries or worse. Use them according to the manufacturer's recommendations and at your own risk. These are not toys!

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Makita XCU02Z (Tool Only) and Makita XCU02PT (Cordless Chainsaw Kit) Amazon links (links open in the new windows).